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A rising star of pop science investigates whether virgin birth might be possible in the In Like a Virgin, biologist and science writer Aarathi Prasad examines. What if you could have children without sex? It might sound like the plot of a dystopian novel, but biologist Aarathi Prasad thinks it’ll soon be. Editorial Reviews. Review. “Think of her as the female equivalent of Brian Cox making science Like a Virgin: How Science Is Redesigning the Rules of Sex – Kindle edition by Aarathi Prasad. Download it once and read it on your Kindle.

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Researching the book, Prasad visited a neonatal unit in Hackney, east London, where she saw very premature babies in incubators. I was expecting an intimate glimpse into future science backed up by current research and lots of in-text citations. They hope, soon, to gestate one from conception. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies virgjn of returning an item?

The view until that time was that the sperm implanted a fully formed embryo into the womb, the function of which was to provide a safe haven for its growth.

I couldn’t help but apply it to the issue of rape. There are fascinating historical accounts of medical intervention in human reproduction right from antiquity to the present.

I did feel that the book is somewhat biased against men.

Refresh and try again. The book is a birthing process. Personally, I was initially interested in the summary of current research and the blue sky options. The proposed explanation is that solo parents will ultimately want arathi be the sole pun intended source of genetic material.

Think Outside The Inbox Get the important stories, told nowhere else. Also, this is not a book to tackle when you’re feeling tired as a lot of the sentences have a few too many clauses for comfort. Prasad lives in London.

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Order by newest oldest recommendations. Maybe the very fact that it is laden with complicated, detailed, though fascinating information has something to do with the fact that I am the first to write a review.

When a woman has a scan at 12 weeks, “Your stomach is completely flat, there’s no sign of the pregnancy except the test you’ve taken.

However, an embryo could still be created that mixed the DNA of two females, a process that has been tried successfully in mice.

There is a pathway of knock-on effects when your body realises an egg has been fertilised: Previously a cancer genetics researcher at Imperial College London, she subsequently moved into the worlds of science communication and policy, in areas including passage of the human-animal chimaera stem-cell bill in the UK Parliament.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This geneticist travels to the edges of reproductive science to help us conceive of the inconceivable: There are therefore regulatory and ethical as well as technological barriers to overcome in many of these reproductive advances, but when I ask Prasad whether she thinks we’ll see artificial wombs used by humans in her lifetime, she is positive.

Most cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man. One fact that struck me was the chance of preeclampsia, potentially fatal, being greater in the first pregnancy, More specifically, the first pregnancy with the father.

This woman can use her own stem cells and an artificial Y chromosome to produce healthy new eggs and sperm at any age, is capable of reproducing entirely alone by making one of her eggs behave like a pseudo-sperm that can be used to fertilise herself, and has no need to carry the embryo in her own body. OZY Rising Stars People who are accelerating our culture and advancing the conversation — for good or for ill. Her mother had experienced menopause quite early, and she suspected she might too.

Liu’s experiment had to end eight days after implantation, Prasad explains, because researchers are not allowed to grow human foetuses for more than 14 days in the lab. I enjoying reading the book except the last chapter or so where my attention flagged.


There follows more fascinating detail than I can describe here with full accuracy. I think the real question is, is the baby going to be healthy? Artificial wombs—already in use for sharks and projected to be available for humans within a century—could give hope to women who are born without a uterus, have had a hysterectomy or undergone early menopause.

Feb 14, Vicki Doronina rated it liked it Shelves: The most bizarre fact from the area of human reproductive biology must be the successful pregnancy by a woman who lacked a vagina.

And there are situations where it’s not healthy, and babies would be better off outside. Overall a good read and recommended, but there seemed to be a fair bit of repetition and some strategic editing correction would have further improved the work. The book was interesting to say the least.

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Whatever was there to say was said in the first pages. Despite my initial misgivings, I did take on board much of what was expounded and it certainly made me think about things in rather a different way.

The world is a much weirder place than I imagined after reading this book. Write a product review. Cashback will be credited as Amazon Pay balance within 10 days.

Aarathi Prasad: The Virgin-Birth Advocate

See all free Kindle reading apps. Prasad only touches on briefly, is why humans would want to have a virgin birth? If nothing else, it would force one to be aware of the complexities of fetal development, pregnancy, childbirth, and gender determination.